2021 USBGF Lifetime Achievement Awards

The U.S. Backgammon Federation is delighted to announce that Candace Mayeron and Robert Stoller are recipients of our 2021 USBGF Lifetime Achievement Awards. They will be officially honored at the USBGF Awards Dinner on October 9th, at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Florida, during the Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship.  Register to attend

This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution over their lifetime to the conduct of the game and tournaments, knowledge about its history and traditions, or the creation of tools, strategies, commentary, and educational offerings that have advanced the game.

Candace Mayereon

Candace Mayeron

Candace Mayeron, tournament producer and promoter, is recognized for her innovative leadership in bringing show-business glamour and excitement to backgammon events with Oscar-like awards, banners and backdrops, red carpets, and raffles.  Candace has reawakened an interest in the iconic Seventies backgammon decade through her non-tournament activities. She gathered and displayed a treasure trove of historical memorabilia on social media and at live events;  produced an archival video of the three living female World Champions — Lee Genud, Katie Scalamandre and Akiko Yawaza; and in 2018 she gathered a dozen historic luminaries like Kent Goulding, Roger Low, David Leibowitz, Danny Kleinman and several others from the Seventies, to celebrate the life of Paul Magriel at his Tribute Dinner in Los Angeles.

With the popular Los Angeles Open and California State Championship American Backgammon Tour tournaments as her platforms, Candace has become an impresario of backgammon by introducing special activities and off-site excursions. Making every event even more special, she persuades international backgammon superstars to attend her live and online tournaments and seminars including: Falafel, Mochy, Michy, Akiko, Arda Fındıkoğlu, Nevzat Dogan, Hideaki Ueda and the Great Danes (including Marc Olsen). She travels to almost a dozen domestic tournaments annually and often staffs as a volunteer for her fellow directors.

A regular contributor to PrimeTime Magazine with articles and photographs, Candace is a strong supporter of the USBGF and serves on the Tournament Directors Advisory Committee and contributes financially as a Silver Founding Sponsor.

Bob Stoller

Robert Stoller

As the USBGF historian, Robert Stoller does the critical work of meticulously cataloging backgammon’s rich history. He helps bring to life notable people, events, and contributors to the development of the game.

He has contributed a wealth of video interviews and articles to PrimeTime Backgammon magazine. This includes conducting video-recorded long-form interviews with the majority of the living inductees into the American Backgammon Hall of Fame and backgammon world champions Lee Genud, Bill Robertie, and Joe Russell. His remembrance of Paul Magriel published in PrimeTime Backgammon is a tribute to the renowned author of Backgammon – still regarded as the “bible” of backgammon.

Robert’s article on the 40-year history of the U.S. Open published in PrimeTime traces the course of this premier event. His in-depth PrimeTime report on Geoffrey Parker Games, gave us a fascinating behind-the-scenes education on how first-class backgammon boards are made. Judging from his own extraordinary backgammon board collection, it was a work of love as well.

He is a generous Diamond Founding Sponsor of the U.S. Backgammon Federation, providing essential funding for creating and preserving information on the American Backgammon Hall of Fame.

Former Recipients 

Former recipients of the USBGF Lifetime Achievement Awards include: 2020 – Phil Simborg; 2019 – Matvey “Falafel” Natanzon and Xavier Dufaure de Citres; 2018 – Perry Gartner and Patti Rubin; 2017 – Norm Wiggins and Louise Goldsmith.


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